Frequently Asked Questions

The Honors Program at Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) is an opportunity for academically motivated students to participate in challenging and rewarding educational experiences. The purpose of the Honors Program is to foster greater depth of thought in reading, writing, and discussion with faculty and guest lecturers that will better prepare Honors students to complete degrees and begin their careers. Honors students at Paradise Valley Community College form a community of bright, energetic and caring students who are committed to their classes, to the Honors Program, and to the college.

There are two pathways which may result in eligibility for the Presidents' Honors Scholarship. The first pathway is through high school class ranking (top 20% of the class at the end of the 6th, 7th, or 8th semesters). Students qualifying through high school ranking must graduate from a North Central Association (NCA) accredited high school in Maricopa County. The second pathway is through qualification of a student's test scores. Those who graduate from NCA accredited high schools within Maricopa County with a final cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher may qualify through Placement Test Scores (Students must take all three placement tests and score appropriately on all portions). This option also applies to students who complete secondary educational programs in Maricopa County not accredited by NCA (home school, charter, and private schools). GED graduates are eligible for the Presidents' Scholarship by placement test scores only if the GED is completed before the individual's 19th birthday.

Complete the application located on the Presidents' Honors Scholarship page or call our office (K102) at 602.787.7888 for more information. Many High School Counselors have applications for the scholarship, check with your school counselor. There is no application fee or interview to apply to the Honors Program, so apply now!

No. There is no book stipend built into the scholarship. The value of the Presidents' Honors Scholarship is the in-county tuition for 15 credits as well as the $15.00 registration fee. If a student's total fees are less than the scholarship, the balance is given to the student and may be then used for books.

The money is received after our office verifies that all of your requirements are in place, i.e. a complete application, eligibility, received final high school transcripts, and enrollment in an Honors course. Presidents' Honors Scholarships are released during the semester as long as all requirements are met. If you have a remaining balance of fees, the Honors Program money will be applied toward that balance when it is authorized. If you have no balance, the remaining funds will be processed through CitiBank.

Yes. That Grade Point Average (GPA) will be calculated into your cumulative GPA each semester. If you fall between 3.0 and 3.24 you will be placed on Probation. Students may only be on Academic Probation for their first semester on the scholarship. If your GPA falls below 3.25 it will result in a loss of scholarship.

Presidents' Honors Scholars, who are in good standing after completion of at least one semester of coursework at a Maricopa Community College, may apply for the deferment of their Presidents' Honors Scholarship for the purpose of taking part in activities which would interrupt their required continuous enrollment at the Maricopa Community Colleges. A deferment may be granted for a maximum of two years. Exceptions to this will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

No. Following a Presidents' Honors Scholar's fourth completed, successful semester they may apply for the Honors Program Honors Achievement as long as all eligibility requirements are satisfied.

The Honors Achievement Award Scholarship is available to students who meet the following eligibility requirements:

Have submitted a completed Honors Program application.
Hold a minimum cumulative district-wide GPA of 3.25 or higher and have a minimum of 12
completed credit hours (must be 100 level or above) at one or any combination of the MCCCD college(s).
Be enrolled in a minimum of one (1) – three (3) credit Honors class.

The award amount is based on the number of credit hours for which the student is enrolled. Awards are for Fall and Spring semesters only and does not apply to the Summer semesters. Scholarship funds will be awarded at the end of the Fall/ Spring semester upon completion of Honors course/contract.

Yes. Notify the Honors Program immediately if you move or change your phone number, this applies for the summer months as well. You can email the Honors Program or call 602.787.7888. The Honors Program cannot keep in touch with you if we don't know where you are, so make sure you update your information when it changes.

Yes. Each Honor's student must take a minimum of one 3 credit Honors class for each semester that they participate in the Honors Program in order to remain qualified. This may either be an Honors Only class, or a regular class turned into an Honors class by doing a contract. Those on their first semester of the Presidents’ Honors Scholarship must enroll in an Honors Only class.

No. Unlike high school, college courses (including Honors courses) are not weighted.

No. If you should decide to leave the Honors Program you would not lose any of your credits earned while taking Honors courses. Those credits would still appear on your transcript and count as fulfilling General Education requirements. Before deciding to withdrawal from the Honors Program, we ask you to talk to one of the coordinators first because frequently a student has misinformation or a problem we can solve. We are here for you, so use us! Naturally, we hope that you will choose to stay in the program. However, you can become ineligible for the Honors Program if your grades fall below the required minimum GPA of 3.25, fail to maintain full time status, or fail to complete an Honors contract or project on time according to program policies.

Additional scholarships are available for eligible students. Requirements vary for each individual scholarship. Visit the Honors Scholarship page for a listing of those opportunities.

The Student Honors Advisory Council (SHAC) is an organization open to all Honors students. This group of engaged students suggest and plan educational, cultural, and social activities for the enrichment of PVCC. Meetings take place in the Honors Center (K101) biweekly.